jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 26th April 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 40 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Friday 26Th April 2020
Because I am over 70 years old we were forced in to self-isolation by our daughters 7 days before the main stay of the country. So, today we celebrate our 40th Day in Self-isolation/Lockdown and we could have another 250 to go.
Although this was discussed in the media Thursday, I didn’t have room to cover it. But the Government Medical Advisers are suggesting Lockdown will continue until the year end. That is because we need a vaccination programme in place before it can be fully lifted and it will take until then for that to happen.
That is another 250 days or 36 weeks.
US President Donald Trump has been lambasted by the medical community after suggesting research into whether coronavirus might be treated by injecting disinfectant into the body.
He also appeared to propose irradiating patients’ bodies with UV light, an idea dismissed by a doctor at the briefing.
Another of his officials had moments earlier said sunlight and disinfectant were known to kill the infection.
Disinfectants are hazardous substances and can be poisonous if ingested.
Even external exposure can be dangerous to the skin, eyes and respiratory system.
Trump later said he was being sarcastic. Not many people believe that.
Testing Online Starts But Has To Be Suspended
The government website for key workers to apply for coronavirus tests has been suspended again due to “exceptional demand” but will reopen shortly.
Speaking at Friday’s daily briefing, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted the site closed after “the slots for today were taken up”.
It came back online on Friday evening, allowing key workers to apply for tests at drive-through centres.
More testing kits and slots are due to become available at 08:00 BST.
Some 16,000 bookings have already been made on the website.
The website had to close to new applicants within hours of launching, after 46,000 people tried to access it, but Mr Shapps said it had not crashed and that further tests would become available.
Coronavirus: Library books rearranged in size order by cleaner
A well-meaning cleaner who took the opportunity to give a locked-down library a thorough clean re-shelved all of its books – in size order.
Staff at Newmarket Library, Suffolk, discovered the sloping tomes after the building underwent a deep clean.
James Powell, of Suffolk Libraries, said staff “saw the funny side” but it would take a “bit of time” to correct.
“It looks like libraries will be closed for a while so we’ll have plenty of time to sort the books out”, he said.
“The cleaner is lovely and does a great job in the library. It was an honest mistake and just one of those things so we would never want her to feel bad about it,” he added.
A tweet by Krystal Vittles, head of service delivery at Suffolk Libraries, about the enthusiastic cleaner has been shared more than 5,000 times.
In response, one person said it had “brought laughter” during lockdown.
“I think people are just pleased to be able to share any light-hearted stories at the moment as it helps to cheer everyone up,” Mr Powell said.
At 99 years old (and just days before his 100th birthday), Captain Tom Moore holds the record as the oldest artist to score a Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. The war veteran captured the hearts of the nation and became a symbol of hope and unity during the coronavirus crisis after raising over £28 million for the NHS. To continue raising awareness of his cause, he teamed up with his favourite singer Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir to release a cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone.
After a close battle with The Weekend’s Blinding Lights, the track debuted at Number 1, helped by the Canadian star asking his fans to support Captain Tom. Captain Tom also becomes the first centenarian to hold a Number 1 single as his 100th birthday falls during the week he holds the top spot.
The oldest artists to score a Number 1 single on the Official Chart
POS ARTIST AGE YEAR SONG
1 CAPT TOM MOORE 99 YRS, 11 M 2020 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE
2 TOM JONES 68 YRS, 9 M 2009 (BARRY) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM
3 LOUIS ARMSTRONG 66 YRS, 10 M 1968 WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
4 TONY CHRISTIE 61 YRS, 11 M 2005 (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO?
5 FRANK SKINNER 61 YRS, 5 M 2018 3 LIONS
6 CLIFF RICHARD 59 YRS, 1 M 1999 MILLENNIUM PRAYER
7 ELTON JOHN 58 YRS, 3 M 2005 GHETTO GOSPEL
8 MICHAEL BALL 57 YRS, 9 M 2020 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE
9 LEO SAYER 57 YRS, 8 M 2006 THUNDER IN MY HEART AGAIN
10 OZZY OSBOURNE 55 YRS 2003 CHANGES
I spent a brilliant afternoon in glorious sunshine in the garden.
TV consisted of Have I Got News For You, Gogglebox and Friday Night Dinner. None of them seemed overly funny. Is that because we’re not feeling as good as lockdown goes on. I don’t think so. We found Gordon, Gino and Fred funny last night. And lots of the banter between me and Mamma and also the family.
Or is it the programme makers losing it a little. Probably. But at least we’ve got Trump to keep us laughing hilariously.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
In Coronavirus times: Make sure that you have a wide variety of activities while staying at home:
Work, leisure, exercise, learning, educating, consulting, helping, dreaming, etc.
Think about participating in something new — venture, that sparks your motivation and curiosity.
Happiness is…a No.1 song no mater your age
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Corduroy pillows: They’re making headlines!
Love is…to infinity and beyond.
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 20 14 Times – 126 Feet Cumulative Total 2,916 Feet
TRACKS OF THE ISOLATION DAY
- Smile Lady Gaga 2:29
- Smile Nat King Cole 2:55
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBER
Country Confirmed cases Deaths
1 US 939,249 53,934
2 Italy 195,351 26,384
3 Spain 223,759 22,902
4 France 122,577 22,245
5 UK 149,569 20,381
6 Belgium 45,325 6,917
7 Germany 156,513 5,877
8 Iran 89,328 5,650
9 China 82,827 4,632
10 Netherlands 37,384 4,424
UK deaths yesterday: 813
Global cases Updated 26 Apr at 07:48 local
Confirmed 2,897,645 +106,659
Deaths 202,880 +6,960
Recovered 817,034 +35,652
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